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El Greco

  • Feb 1, 2014 · 2:00 PM

El Greco is a foremost exemplar of the old Spanish master, ranking high with the greats like Velasquez, Ribera, Cotan and Murillo.  His work is a culmination of several strong influences which converged into one of the most striking and easily recognizable styles: flat and icon-like compositions, vibrant with color like Byzantine and Italian masterpieces, illuminated like a Medieval manuscript, Mannerist, expressive and intense - proto-modern lacking neither in substance nor technique.

After Vermeer’s obvious interest in composition and play with realism, El Greco’s focus on color and stylized figures to achieve his effect might serve as an interesting balance. Besides, they are almost contemporaries so it is fascinating to witness creativity play itself out in such dramatically different aesthetics.

To add further piquancy to our discussion, we will also look at Heidegger. Here is a link to the essay: The Origin of the Work of Art 

If we realize that it was too crazy to pair these two together, we will follow with a separate Heidegger discussion for March. 

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  • K. Scot S.

    ..'so sorry to have had to miss (work all day; 'most interested in engaging El Greco in this context!).

    February 1, 2014

  • jerry

    Great topic, great conversation.

    February 1, 2014

  • Rob

    Hi, I just joined the group and of course have never attended one of the events. I'm wondering, are we supposed to prepare as one would for a book club? I see the essay by Heidegger, but what about the work of El Greco? I'm interested, but my prior knowledge is limited. Thanks :)

    December 21, 2013

    • Kinga

      Hi Rob - you can read an article on El Greco and take a look at his paintings. That's usually how we prepare. Last time almost everyone brought a book or an image they liked and we all went from there.

      January 13, 2014

    • Rob

      Now I can't go, but I'll try to make it to the next meeting :)

      January 31, 2014

  • Andrea G.

    Bummer! I was really hoping to go, but just realized that this weekend is that same that my mother will be in town. Apologies!

    January 10, 2014

    • Kinga

      No problem Andrea! Next time! :)

      January 13, 2014

  • penny r.

    What does it mean to be on the waiting list?

    January 10, 2014

    • Kinga

      Sometimes the discussion is limited to a certain number of participants and when there are additional RSVPs, people are put on a waiting list - basically, it means they can attend only if someone changes their original RSVP.

      January 13, 2014

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